© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Aston Martin logo is seen on a V12 Vantage car at the company’s factory in Gaydon, Britain, March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble
(Reuters) -Aston Martin said on Friday it was looking to raise 653 million pounds ($771.58 million) through a right issue to shareholders, while bringing in Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund as its second-largest shareholder.
The luxury carmaker said Saudi’s PIF, largest shareholder Yew Tree Consortium and Mercedes-Benz AG will together invest 335 million pounds. The financing will involve a separate rights issue of 575 million pounds.
PIF will own 16.7% stake in Aston Martin, behind the 18.3% holding by Chairman Lawrence Stroll’s Yew Tree. Mercedes, which owns about a 11.7% stake, will cut its stake to about 9.7% with the announcement.
Last month, the Financial Times reported that PIF, which has a stake in electric carmaker Lucid and British supercar group McLaren, was in early talks with Aston Martin for a share of the business.
($1 = 0.8463 pounds)